Resurgence in the Black Lives Matter movement in 2020

2020 has seen a resurgence in the Black Lives Matter movement following the death of George Floyd in May. Thousands have taken to the streets in outrage, fists raised defiantly against the injustice of police brutality against Black people in America. However, these injustices are not a new thing for the Black community. This is the focus of the Afrocentric course at CVHS, which through history and literature aims to explain why we as a nation still do not have equality between races. 

“It’s particularly important nowadays to understand why it is that we have a Black Lives Matter movement even happening, because it didn’t just come out of nowhere. This is 400 years in the making,” said Michelle Lew, who teaches the literature section of the course. 

The other half of the Afrocentric team, Kevin Batchelor, added, “I think if you take just general U.S. history, you’re going to understand U.S. history for sure, but our focus fills in a lot of the gaps to understand why there is such discontent, particularly among people of color.”

The Afrocentric course first started at CVHS eight years ago, and it became an honors class after five years, which increased demand for it. Students speak positively about their experience in the class. 

“It’s important to learn history from all different points of view because it changes depending on who you ask, and if you learn history through different perspectives, you get a broader view of the world,” said junior Charlotte Caistor.

Learning through the Afrocentric view also provides an environment with a specific focus on Black culture and heritage, and it works to validate the importance of Black history that is often glossed over in other classes.

“For me, as a Black woman, a Black girl, I take it as I’m learning the history of my community, and how later on I can help in educating others on the history of African Americans,” said junior Wandii Muinde. 

Currently the Afrocentric curriculum covers everything from the start of slavery in the U.S. up until the Civil Rights Movement, and a bit beyond, but most of the focus is on history. However, Lew and Batchelor are planning to incorporate a new unit at the end of the year called Afro Future that will explore a reimagination of our society, taking into account the events of the past.

“I really want to tap into this Afro Future genre because it’s talking about the now,” said Lew. 

Understanding how we got to this point as a nation is important in deciding the next steps we take. In the Afrocentric course, an important part of the history is the resistance that African Americans faced in their fight for freedom and equality. Our news today is still laced with that resistance. 

“We’re just living the same historical paradigm in a new form,” said Batchelor.

6 thoughts on “Resurgence in the Black Lives Matter movement in 2020

  • November 15, 2020 at 11:39 pm
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    “police brutality against black people in America” would be all of 9 unarmed black people killed by police in all of 2019 out of 43 million. It would also be 1/545 the number of black people killed by black people. And in the hunt to find supposed racism, it would be HALF the number of unarmed White people killed by police.

    If anti-black racism existed, people would not have to take say, a black person dying of a self-ingested drug overdose, and present it far and wide as a police murder.

  • November 13, 2020 at 11:37 pm
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    I’m glad to see that the Black Lives Matter Movement is finally getting the attention it deserves. This has been an issue for so long and we need change.

  • November 12, 2020 at 1:13 pm
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    I love how there was a resurgence in the movement, it shouldn’t be seen as a limited movement, people’s rights are on the line. People who only talk about the movement because it’s “trendy” are just as bad as those who appose it.

  • November 8, 2020 at 10:22 pm
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    As a student at CVHS I was really happy to see how many people went out and protested for Black lives and equality. I was present at the protests and seeing my community fight against racial injustice was amazing. I think it is so important to have our voices heard and we certainly achieved that together.

  • November 7, 2020 at 11:05 am
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    I think this article is great and highlighting the resurgence anti-racism through having quotes from multiple sources, showing that this is a universal concern.

  • November 5, 2020 at 6:12 pm
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    This is a very important topic. I am very glad it was covered and written about. I feel that many of our students care a lot about this.

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